CNN Radio News Day: December 6, 2012
Rebel soldiers stands guard inside a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 6, 2012.
December 6th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 6, 2012

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  • With concern growing over the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war, diplomatic efforts are ramping-up.  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Dublin Thursday for a conference, and used the occasion to meet with the U.N's Special envoy to Syria.  It's the latest attempt to find a way to end a conflict that's killed 40,000 people, and left 700,000 homeless.  Some have fled to Lebanon, but there they deal with conditions of little food, and now during winter, little heat.   One young Syrian woman tells CNN she's considering returning to the Syrian city she left:

    "It is now down to the fact that living under shelling is better than the life here.  It is cold, and we don't have the things we need."       FULL POST

Could doctor shortage cripple healthcare reform?
A shortage of doctors is going to make it hard for millions of newly insured through health care reform to get health care.
December 6th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Could doctor shortage cripple healthcare reform?

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) –  A study released this week in the medical journal JAMA, shows that less than a quarter of medical students plan to practice family medicine. That could result in a severe impact to the front lines of health care.

Dr. Atul Grover with the Association of American Medical Colleges says the 10-year trend in fewer family doctors is really going to be felt when healthcare reform is fully implemented.

[:46] “None of us are really accustomed to the kind of waits we’re going to have to endure just to get in the door to see a doctor because all those people who are currently uninsured will all of a sudden wake up in 2014 and have an insurance card and try and access health care services.”


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Battling for Chicago's youth
Probation Officer Jason Smith keeps track of youth offenders on the streets of Chicago’s notorious West side.
December 6th, 2012
07:30 AM ET

Battling for Chicago's youth

By Nova Safo, CNN

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Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Jason Smith is a juvenile probation officer in Chicago. His territory includes some of the most violent neighborhoods in the city.

But Smith doesn’t just work in the West side neighborhoods he patrols. He also lives there, and grew up there as well. Sixteen years ago, he was also a young offender on probation. Now, he hopes his experience and success out of the gang life can help inspire young people caught in the city’s escalating violence

Unlike Los Angeles and New York, Chicago has seen an increase in homicides recently. There have been 470 homicides and more than 2,200 shootings this year. Much of the violence is fueled by gangs and fights over drug turf, according to Chicago police.

[2:49] “Some kids who participate in the drug market, they’re not doing it for themselves, they’re doing it to provide for their family, to provide clothing that they need. It’s just a survival instinct,” Smith said.

Listen to the story above to hear our ride-along with Officer Smith, as he visits Chicago neighborhoods and the young offenders he is working to help.

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